Inclusion is a great thing! If your school is a general school that also provides special education, children with special needs need not be isolated in “special ed” classrooms. That’s because these children thrive in the presence of their peers. There are so many things they can learn from their peers, and of course, so many friendships to be formed!
Managing an all-inclusive classroom is easier if simple and personalised teaching strategies for special needs students are implemented. Here are 5 ways to manage the classroom and help special needs students feel included:-
Use computer-based teaching and learning
Using technology in class is a great way to hold students’ interest and attention, especially children with difficulty in learning and syndromes. Frog allows teachers to be creative with learning content through Sites and widgets as well as FrogPlay quizzes! Teachers can also personalise ready-to-use Boost Sites with videos and visual aids.
Teach social skills
Teachers can teach social skills such as hand raising, taking turns and sharing as part of the learning curriculum. All students will benefit when reminders are given. Children with autism often engage in self-stimulating behaviours such as hand flapping or rocking. Help other students understand these behaviours.
Focus on students’ strengths
If a child is interested in dinosaurs, cars, art or sports, he/she should be given the opportunity to exhibit his/her knowledge and opinion in that subject. This encourages students to learn from and share with one another. Not only that, this also removes the focus towards a child’s disabilities, allowing him/her to feel included.
Keep it simple
Teachers should give verbal prompts frequently, and be sure to keep instructions easy to understand. Repeat instructions if necessary so that students do not miss out and are able to comprehend what was said.
Provide break time
Lessons don’t need to go on for hours. Give students a break! Teachers can read a story, play a game or even do some stretching. This helps students feel relax and calm throughout the lesson, especially for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Teaching children with special needs can be challenging, but the experience can be a positive one for the child, teacher and classmates if the proper classroom strategies are incorporated into a daily routine. Help a child with special needs feel safe and included in your classroom today!